Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that local news coverage should come with a warning label like that found on cigarettes. Warning: Reading the newspaper or watching the evening news may be hazardous to your mental health. Today’s news is just too damn depressing. It’s gotten so bad that you never know what you’re going to see or read about anymore. It’s really pretty sad.
Today for instance the lead story continues to be coverage of the horrific tour bus accident that occurred Sunday night near Yucaipa in which 7 people were initially killed. “Tour Bus Crash Kills 7, 38 Hurt,” “NTSB begins Tour Bus Investigation,” “Tour Bus Cited for Violations.” Then Today’s lead was the death of yet another victim, bringing the death toll to eight. Pick Up Truck Driver Dies, Eight Killed in Bus Crash.” Granted the death of eight people is a major tragedy but when is enough coverage enough?
With each new detail released, the story gains new life and is retold again and again. Certainly it is a news worthy story and another death as the result of the accident should be reported, but the entire story doesn’t need to be retold. Until the how’s and why’s of the accident are known it’s all just speculation on the part of reporters. They don’t need to interview a woman who thinks she may have heard the bus careening out of control on the highway near her home just moments before the crash. What was it Joe Friday of Dragnet used to say “Just the facts mam.”
Then of course there is the ongoing saga of the late great Lance Armstrong, the bicyclist who fell from grace, and boy did he fall hard. He will never be able to pick up the shattered pieces of his life. I’m sorry but this whole doping story is simply out of control. Now it seems Lace is the target of a criminal investigation for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation. And God forbid, he may have to testify under oath about the doping. Yawn… Come on, can we please move on already? Enough is enough. Lance’s story is done. It’s time for the press to find some new athlete or public figure to tear to pieces?
Another story a rather sad one that the press has been having a field day with, is the Preschool Sex Case, Oh my God, those three words should never be together in a sentence! For Godsakes! How does something like this happen? 5 year old preschoolers having oral sex with each other in a Lutheran Church Preschool! And not just once but multiple times and not just two kids but at least 6! Please say it ain’t so! This is just the kind of crap the press loves to exploit. Personally, I’ve heard enough, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this story for quite sometime.
A top story today on channel 7 news was about a U.S. Postal worker who on Monday went ‘postal’ on an 11 year old girl who apparently laughed at him for mistakenly going into woman’s restroom in a city park. The postman allegedly pushed her, grabbed her by the neck and was chocking her out until he was stopped by two city workers. Oh what a wonderful world we live in when a child can’t laugh at something she finds funny. Yeah it’s a sad state of affairs, but just the kind of story the press counts on.
Oh I could go on and on, there’s the whole Chris Brown fake community service debacle, the 7 sheriff deputies that are being fired for being members of a secret law enforcement group called the Jump Out Boys who practiced unethical conduct and violated department values. Yep, protect and serve. Then there were the sensational stories like the 9 year old who gave birth in Mexico or the police officer who became pregnant by a jail inmate she was supposed to watching. Yeah, the news is pretty dismal. And I haven’t even mentioned the 8.0 earthquake in the Solomon Islands, tsunami or the tragic news that the USPS is discontinuing Saturday delivery!
Yes the news industry is a real mess. With everything that gets reported on it’s enough to make anyone sick. I find many of the news stories and the way they’re reported to be depressing and quite disgusting. The pretty talking heads on the evening news smiling out of the side of their faces with a gleam in their eye, as they sensationalize tragedies, deaths and disasters. So damn depressing. But we, the viewing public, and reading public, eat it up. I believe it was Don Henley who said when singing about the news media:
We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye It's interesting when people die- Give us dirty laundry
Dirty little secrets Dirty little lies We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie We love to cut you down to size We love dirty laundry We can do "The Innuendo" We can dance and sing When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing We all know that Crap is King Give us dirty laundry!